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The filming of this and Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), which lasted nine straight months, was done in reverse chronological order so that Vincent Cassel could progressively lose the weight he gained in preparation of the role, as Cassel knew he couldn't gain weight while filming.
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Vincent Cassel gained 20 kgs (44 pounds) for the role during the four months leading up to the shoot.
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Producer Thomas Langmann first contacted Vincent Cassel about the Mesrine project in 2002, after the release of Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips (2001) and Gaspar Noé's Irreversible (2002). Cassel initially accepted, but then bowed out as he found the script too "black and white". Benoît Magimel and Vincent Elbaz convinced by new helmer Jean-François Richet were then successively attached before Cassel returned, and especially Abdel Raouf Dafri's two-part script, claiming the screenwriter had succeeded in bringing the right tone to the picture and the character, bringing out all his darkness and paradoxes.
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Benoît Magimel, who was at one time set to star, stepped down from the Mesrine project without informing producer Thomas Langmann, choosing instead to issue a press release. As a result of this a fight erupted on November 25th 2004 at the Intertalent talent agency between Langmann and Magimel's agent, François Samuelson, where Langmann headbutted Samuelson and broke his nose. Samuelson was on sick leave for nine days and pressed charges against Langmann.
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Filmed back-to-back with Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), which stands as the second half of the two-part story.
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Both of the love interests in the film - Elena Anaya who plays Sofia and Cécile de France who plays Jeanne - were born on the same day, July 17th, 1975.
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Jean-Pierre Cassel was originally set for the role of Jacques Mesrine's father (ultimately held by Michel Duchaussoy) in this and Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008).
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Eva Green and Marion Cotillard were originally set for the roles ultimately taken by Ludivine Sagnier and Cécile de France in this and in Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008). It is however unclear as to which actress would have played what role.
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Samy Naceri was considered for a role.
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Barbet Schroeder was originally hired to direct the two Mesrine movies. He went on to direct Inju, la bête dans l'ombre (2008) starring Benoît Magimel, who was at one point attached as the lead in this project.
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Howard Shore was set to score the two Mesrine films before Marco Beltrami and Marcus Trumpp stepped in.
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